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Traffic banned from streets around some primary schools in Perth and Kinross

Traffic is now prohibited from streets near four Perth and Kinross primary schools in the interest of pupil safety.

Funded by Sustrans’ Spaces for People programme, with support from Transport Scotland, the new exclusion zones ban traffic from streets near the schools at the start and the end of the school day.

From Monday, the new exclusion zones came into effect at Inchview Primary School in Perth, Newhill and St Stephens primaries in Blairgowrie and Guildtown Primary School.

At Inchview, traffic will not be allowed to travel along Craigie Place.

In Blairgowrie, the exclusion zones will affect Smithfield Crescent, McLaren Park and Blackthorn Place.

School Road in Guildtown will also be closed to traffic at the start and end of each school day.

The new exclusion zones will complement the exclusion zone already in operation outside Balhousie Primary School which, as part of the Playable Route to School project, has seen temporary artwork installed on Muirton Place.

An additional exclusion zone is planned for Allt Mor Crescent by Kinloch Rannoch Primary School.

As well as making the journey to school safer for pupils, school exclusion zones also encourage children, young people and parents to walk or cycle to school.

PKC says travelling to school actively “can help children to be more alert and ready for the day,” as well as “contributing to the 60 minutes of daily exercise recommended for children and young people”.

Perth and Kinross Council environment and infrastructure convener Councillor Angus Forbes said: “School exclusion zones elsewhere in Perth and Kinross have proven to not only improve pupil safety but also promote healthier lifestyles by encouraging active travel.

“Removing unnecessary traffic from the school gates will also help improve air quality.

“Our experience elsewhere shows exclusion zones are popular with parents once they are up and running.”

Police Scotland can take enforcement action against motorists who ignore exclusion zones.

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